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Selena Gomez and Ethan Hawke in GETAWAY

Somewhere in the film-making world there is always an explanation for why a certain movie got made. Oftentimes that logic is retro-fitted to the situation of the movie in question. I suspect that the folks attempting to justify the existence of Getaway starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight will be hard-pressed to find a coherent defense for it.

I thought about inventing justifications for this movie’s existence but all I have are questions, like:

  • Did someone tell Ethan Hawke that this was like Before Sunrise but in a really fast car?
  • Was Selena Gomez instructed to deliver every line in the same monotone?
  • Why did we need so many close-ups of Jon Voight’s stubble when it’s clear all along that he is the mysterious puppeteer?
  • Did the filmmakers get a discount on destruction-ready cars, and action cameras? – Seriously! This movie feels like a supercut of smashed cars, and wonky camera angles, intercut with supremely dull dialogue and miniDV-era flashback sequences.

Final Analysis: This is bad filmmaking all the way around.

My Advice:  Just stay away from this one.